We are so blessed to be living in a great city like Chicago. You can find somewhere to go , something to do , and something to buy all the time. There is beautiful beaches and a gorgeous skyline . With so much to do and so many demands, sometimes you just need a ‘staycation” . A” staycation” is one of those pleasures reserved for people that are residents of a big city and just need to change locations, recharge, and just relax. Sometimes people may be out in the burbs and just want to visit Chicago whether it is for shopping or an outing with the kids. Well we found the perfect place for our “staycation” , Hotel Lincoln. A hotel with a long history, the interior suggests more like a bed and breakfast with its cozy , eclectic decor. The walls are covered with vintage, kitschy artwork and the desk front is made completely of old drawer handles. With original touches like this, you know that you are in for a unique experience.
Located down from the Lincoln Park Zoo, Hotel Lincoln is also close enough to the stores on the “Mag Mile” . It also would be perfect for that trek into town for an evening from the burbs. Each room promises gorgeous views and comfortable beds. Luxurious bath products fill the bathroom to make it an oasis away from home. It’s the perfect place to fill the tub, pour yourself a glass of wine, and just unwind. Each room has its own personality as well. Big screen tvs allow guests to be informed and entertained at the same time. The information channels tell guests fun facts about Chicago and also where they can go to eat and have fun. The only sad point about this was that there was not enough channels for us to enjoy. The room was clean and freshly stocked. It was a pleasure to just lay on the bed and watch Chicago pass by.
The Hotel Lincoln has places to buy food, despite the abundance of eating establishments in Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast. We didn’t get the chance to eat there this time around, but plan to return to sample some of the gourmet cooking . There is also the luxury of room service for those who want to sample the good life. Beware though, none of the in house restaurants are open 24 hours. Also the restaurants are not part of the hotel, they are members of the illustrious Boka Restaurant Group.
We did however get to stroll onto the rooftop and visit J Parker’s. Despite the beginning of fall, the rooftop remains a heated oasis where friends can gather or lovers can gaze into the lights of the skyline. Lighted fires keep patrons warm as they have a nosh or a drink. Plan on taking a lot pictures with your phone when you see the view of downtown.
Friendly and courteous is how I would describe the staff. They will attend to your every need , no matter how small. And one of the special features here at Hotel Lincoln, is the wine hour. It gives guests a chance to socialize before they wander out for the evening. Human guests are not the only ones welcome at Hotel Lincoln. There is the park for them to explore and doggies are given the first class treatment as well.
Whether you are a native Chicagoan just needing a break from annoying neighbors or a traveler just looking for a place to stay close to it all, Hotel Lincoln is all that and more.
J Parker’s is the perfect place to have an event. Whatever the season, guests can mingle and enjoy the view. It is the roof top bar and lounge. There is also a coffee shop and restaurant on site as well. They are managed by the Boka group.
Thanks again to Tiffany and the wonderful staff for a night of escape and relaxation. Hotel Lincoln is located at 1816 N Clark Street .